On being Brit(ish) by Afua Hirsch (SPC 1999)
A debut book by St Peter's alumna, Afua Hirsch (1999, PPE), is being hailed by critics as a powerful hybrid of memoir, reportage and commentary that considers so-called racial blindness, the draw of Africa, and life as a black woman in Britain.
Entitled Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging, the book is about a search for identity, in which the author explores the everyday racism that she believes permeates British society, and argues that Britain is a nation in denial about both its past and its present.
Afua Hirsch is a journalist, barrister and human rights development worker who currently holds the position of Social Affairs & Education Editor at Sky News, having previously worked as a correspondent for The Guardian. She is the daughter of an English father and Ashanti mother, and was born in Norway and brought up in London.